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In 2003 Jacob was a co-captain on the Gulf Shores High School swim team and received the Alabama High School Sports Magazine's Humanitarian Award.

Gulf Shores High School was considered a small size school in Alabama, about 300 students total and having just come into existence in 1999. During Jacob's four years on the high school swim team their finishes were as follows:

  1999-2000:  Placed 16th statewide - this team consisted of only four swimmers 
  2000-2001:  Placed  7th statewide
  2001-2002:  Placed  7th statewide
  2002-2003:  Placed  9th statewide

 Down Syndrome International Swimming
The DSISO, with it's headquarters in Berkshire, England, holds an International World Championship Swim Meet every two years hosted by various countries. The group also compiles world records achieved by swimmers with Down syndrome in any FINA regulated swim meet in meters. Swimmers from nine different countries hold DSISO world records in various events. Jacob is the first swimmer from the United States to hold world records through the organization.


Remembering Coach Crocker
Jacob will remember Coach Crocker and his daughter Lindsey. When I, Jacob's Dad, was unsure about sending him to his first AU Kid's Swim Camp in 2000 it was suggested that I talk with Coach Crocker as he also was the father of a handicapped child. Ralph assured me that Jacob would be just fine at Swim Camp. My subsequent decision to send Jacob to Swim Camp has changed our lives. We will always remember Ralph and Lindsey in our prayers.

Mike H.


Jacob F. Halpin, Class of 2003
Gulf Shores High School, Gulf Shores, Alabama

High School Swimming:

4 high school varsity letters in swimming
All-State honors
All-County honors
Featured in Alabama High School Sports Magazine (AHSSM)
Received AHSSM Humanitarian Award
Co-Captain GSHS Swim Team in senior year
Participated in 4 High School State Championship Swim Meets
State Meet personal best finishes (402 school classification)
400 yd. freestyle relay - 7th
100 yd. butterfly - 30th
500 yd. freestyle - 26th

Selected for inclusion in:

24th Annual Edition of Who's Who in High School Sports
25th Annual Edition of Who's Who in High School Sports
2003 Who's Who Among American High School Students

USS Swimming:
1,650 yd. Freestyle - 2nd at 2002 USS Southeastern Regional, District South

State Games of Alabama (State Games of America):
100 yd. Butterfly - Alabama State Silver Medalist

Special Olympics Alabama State Swim Meet:

2002 - 3 Gold Medals
2003 - 3 Gold Medals
Instrumental in founding Snook Family YMCA Special Olympics Swim Team

Attended Auburn Tiger Swim Camp at Auburn University - 3 years
City of Gulf Shores USS swim team assistant coach

Down Syndrome International Swimming Organization (DSISO):

First swimmer from United States to hold DSISO world records
2005 1,500 meter freestyle world record
2005 800 meter freestyle world record

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SEATED: Auburn National Champion and Olympic swimmers.  STANDING: Mark Gangloff 2004 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist & Jacob


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PHOTO:  Left-right
Coach Ralph Crocker, Distance and Strength Training Coach, Cathy Sursi, former Auburn All-American (Jacob's favorite coach), Jacob, Head Coach Dave Marsh, 12 National Championships and twice US Olympic Asst. Coach.

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